Lewis Neal plans on using the coming weeks to visit some schools outside the state but NC State has done enough to secure a spot on his list, at least for now.
Neal doesn't have an official list and he hasn't eliminated schools just yet.
In the next few weeks he plans on visiting schools like NC State, Tennessee, Ohio State and Vanderbilt. Once that's done he will be one step closer to making a decision.
"Once I'm done with Tennessee and Vanderbilt I should be ready to make a top five or so," Neal told Pack Pride.
He should be done with all of those visits by early May so we won't have to wait too long to know which direction his recruitment is heading in.
What has NC State that has impressed Neal so far?
"That's one school that's under the radar," Neal said. "People doubt them and really that's what I like about them. They know how to go through adversity. They're the kind of team that knows how to follow up a loss with a win. I think if they keep moving in the right direction they're a program that can be competing at the national level for championships."
Neal appreciates the fact that NC State's coaches have shown him so much interest throughout the process. That will probably be a big factor in his decision, as Neal doesn't want to feel like he's just been "recruited", but wanted.
He's the kind of guy that carries a chip on his shoulders, but not in a bad way. Listed at 6-2 and 211, Neal is more like 230-pounds now but his height isn't what you find in a typical pass rusher at the next level. He seems driven to prove the doubters wrong.
Neal's ultimate goal is to play in either the Under Armour or U.S. Army All-American Game and show that the taller, longer ends from across the country don't have anything on him.
Courtney Upshaw, a 6-foot-2 defensive end from the University of Alabama, will be drafted later this month and he has given Neal some words of encouragement.
"I talked to him on the phone and he said people might doubt you because of you height. He also said none of that matters. We're men playing a man's game. Everybody out there is a man so you've got to bring it. It doesn't matter if you're 6-5 or 6-1. That's one thing that really gets to me," Neal laughed.
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